Emil Kolb Award
Established in 2013 by the Canadian Association of Police Governance, the Emil Kolb Award for Excellence in Police Governance recognizes and highlights an individual for their significant contributions, commitment and leadership towards the enhancement of civilian police governance in Canada.
Find out more about eligibility, criteria, submissions and selection please refer to the Emil Kolb Award Eligibility Criteria.
Dr. Alok Mukherjee, CAPG Past President, Former Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board
Dr. Mukherjee is a Canadian academic, human rights advocate, and public servant. He served as chair of the Toronto Police Services Board from 2005 until his July 2015 retirement. Dr. Mukherjee served as Vice President, President, and Past President of the CAPG between the years of 2007-2015. He is currently appointed “distinguished visiting professor” at Ryerson University.
Dr. Zaheer M. Lakhani, C.M., Member of the Order of Canada, Founding President of CAPB
Zaheer Lakhani is a distinguished cardiologist who has demonstrated a deep commitment to multiculturalism and international development. Soon after his arrival in Canada, he became a representative of the local Ismaili Muslim community and advocated for programs to assist in the settlement and integration of these new Canadians. He then promoted a proactive model of community policing as chair of the Edmonton Police Commission and founding president of the Canadian Association of Police Boards. A former director of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, he has also helped to establish a non‑invasive cardiac program in Tanzania and continues to volunteer his professional expertise to countries in East Africa.
Dr. Zaheer Lakhani of Alberta, Chair of the Roundtable, holds a Bachelor of Medicine in Surgery from Leeds University. He has been a cardiologist and the Director of the Coronary Care Unit at the Surgeon General Hospital in St. Albert, Alberta since 1994. Dr. Lakhani was a member of His Highness Prince Karim Agakhan National Council for Canada from 1993-1996, was Vice-Chair of the Canadian Centre for Police-Race Relations from 1993-1996, and has been a member of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation from 2001 to the present. Dr. Lakhani has been recognized for his community work in a number of areas. Of note, in 2000, he received the Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Clubs of Edmonton; in 1996, he was awarded a Humanitarian Award from the Mayfield Rotary Club; and in 1991, he received an Award of Excellence in the Outreach Category from the Ismaili Muslim Community of Edmonton.
Eli El-Chantiry, Ottawa Police Services Board
Eli was first elected to Ottawa City Council in 2003. He is the former proprietor of the Lighthouse Restaurant in Constance Bay and is well known throughout West Carleton-March for his extensive community involvement. He is committed to continue to work with area residents and businesses to help build West Carleton-March’s future in the City of Ottawa.
Eli was born in 1957 and is the second oldest of six children. Raised on his family’s farm in Lebanon, he came to Canada when he was 18 years old to begin a new life. He met his wife, Maha, soon after arriving in Ottawa and they were married over three decades ago.
Councillor El-Chantiry has been a staunch supporter and a dedicated volunteer for many West Carleton events. He has been on the Board of Directors for the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre and has worked with a number of local groups any time help is needed – including local Community Centres, local Churches, the Legion, and Seniors Groups.
Eli was recognized for his efforts when his community awarded him the West Carleton Citizen of the Year for 2001. Receiving this prestigious award during the U.N. International Year of the Volunteer is one of Eli’s proudest accomplishments.
Councillor El-Chantiry was selected to act as Deputy Mayor for the City of Ottawa for the 2010-2014 term of Council.
Eli is proud to be representing the residents of West Carleton-March again for this next terms in office for 2014-2018.